Unlike many on here, I have been to New Jersey. Only for a couple of days, but it's still more experience than many. I didn't have a problem with the state or the people.
For Jersey, Christie is a conservative. Would he be a conservative in TX or FL? No.
The problem people like Ann Coulter have (and the reason they love Romney and Christie) is that they think we need to pander to the 35% of Liberals in this country so Republicans can get the votes of people who aren't Liberals, but vote like them. What really needs to happen is that a guy as bold as Christie, but with real Constitutional Conservative values needs to stand up and not have the "conservative" media (like Coulter) cut him down.